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on the front lines. the fbi investigating whether the terror atalk on the u.s. consulate was an inside job. agents working the case and we are learning more about the september 11 attack and including 100 armed militants were involved. it was a coordinated assault and killing our former ambassador and two navy seals. >> harris, an fbi team assigned to investigate the murder of u.s. ambassador stevens is looking into the group of are you attackers had inside help from the private security contractors whom the state department hired to guard the benghazi consulate. they asked matthew olsen the question in a hearing this week. blue mountain is a private security group out of wales to hire and vet the guards. they had a contract worth half million. indication of guards casing the consulate was revealed on a gaming website where he went by the name vile rat. assuming we don't die tonight, we saw one of our quote police that guard the compound taking picture. it could be the libyan government police. and the anti-islamic. there is increasing evidence that this group is with al-qaida. the fbi is
into question the integrity of what is now an fbi investigation. one of the first thing law enforcement officers do when they begin an investigation is secure the crime scene. first and foremost, this is the consulate. now, they were going to have challenges to that. the fbi couldn't get in because of security conditions. u.s. personnel, nonessential personnel had been sent home. there were fewer to do that. but the fbi, frankly, once they opened an investigation, ordinarily should have and may have, we don't know, but should have coordinated with their u.s. government agency counterparts. if they couldn't secure it, you ask the host government. if the host government is incapable, we d fly in additional marines to guard the embassy in tripoli. was there military u.s. personnel available to help secure it? obviously that didn't happen. it's one of those unanswered questions we don't know but what we do know is the consequences of failing to secure the crime scene absolutely will call into question the integrity of the information that's gathered there. >> bob, what does this say to you, that thi
that i am comfortable that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, the fbi, promptly launched a thorough and searching investigation on the ground in benghazi to learn exactly what happened and what was a chaotic and confusing situation. and i am confident that we continue to have a leadership role in the world as the president laid out today in front of the united nations, rooted in american values, but that will not louis lambist jihadist terrorists to push us out of the region. >> so when you say you're confident in what is happening on the ground, let me put the question directly to you, then. why is that when cnn was in the consulate days after the horrible attack, they found that the -- the diary of ambassador stevens' thoughts and his fears. and not t u.s. investigators. why weren't they the ones who found something like that, which was -- was just lying there? >> that's an excellent question. we did not get briefed on the specifics of cnn's acquisition and use of the private diary of ambassador stevens. that wasn't one of the topics on which we were briefed. that does
's important to know there's an fbi investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certaindy what transpired. but our current best assessment based on the information we have at present is, in fact, what this began as was a spontaneous, not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo. in cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated. >> that was susan rice yesterday morning. now, many have a hard time believing that, including lindsey graham. his colleague, john mccain also believes the assault was pre-planned. >> why do you think they're calling it a spontaneous attack? >> i have no clue. the facts -- the facts are so clear that heavy weapons and rocket propelled grenades, indirect fire and direct fire used could not be spontaneous. >> with that kind of pushback, the state department seems to be trying to soften ambassador rice's statement. listen. >> we've heard a number of different things from libya. i would simply say tha
the f.b.i. would begin the investigation by interviewing the 30 american survivors of the attack who are now at a u.s. military wais in germany. the attackers struck at 10 p.m. local time tuesday and within 15 minutes were inside the compound firing on the main building where ambassador chris stevens, information manager sean smith, and a security officer had already begun destroying classified documents. smoke and flames from a rocket- propelled grenade which exploded on the roof, drove the security officer of the building, but he went back in to find stevens and smith. state department spokeswoman victoria nuland described what happened next. >> when he got to sean smith, he was already dead. he pulled him from the building. he went back into the building with additional security forces, but was unable to locate ambassador stevens before the fire overcame the building. >> reporter: the battle then shifted to an annex where two other americans, former navy seal glen doherty, and a still unidentified state department security guard were killed. apparently out-numbered and outgunned b
time, the state department urged all nonessential personnel to leave on commercial flights. the f.b.i. has opened an investigation and is sending agents to sift through the wreckage for evidence. and at the same time the u.s. is increasing its surveillance over libya, including the use of those unmanned drones. in addition, scott, the navy is positioning two destroyers armed with cruise missiles off the coast of libya. bottom line: this is a terrorist hunt. >> pelley: david, thank you. this is the first time a u.s. ambassador has died in the line of duty in more than 30 years. at the white house this morning, the president said this. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. and make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> pelley: christopher stevens is only the sixth u.s. ambassador in american history to be killed by terrorists. it was a shock at the state department where secretary of state hillary clinton spoke earlier. >> today many americans are asking-- indeed
down those killers. libyan government promised cooperation and the fbi is involved as well. >> okay, martha. thank you. i know you'll continue reporting the story. as you know, american officials are moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.s. foreign service. so many of them braving dangers abroad. the names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respects there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: john mccain was with the ambassador when libya celebrated its first ever free elections. >> chris stevens was one of the finest men i've known in my life. he
. medicare, $11 billion in cuts projected. food stamps, half a billion dollars. fbi salaries, a quarter billion dollars of cuts. national parks, 218 million and the one that really stands out. embassy security projected to be cut by $129 million when the whole world has seen how much we need to beef up security. >> this is clear where the left hand is not talking to the right hand. as jon huntsman just said, we need more on that. >> of course on both sides, whether the white house and congress are saying look how damaging these meat cleaver cuts are. this is not the way anyone wants to go about this, but this is what they've been handed. >> what has been the gop reaction? >> it's been fascinating. the gop is trying to pass the buck. john boehner put out a statement today, said this report confirms that the president's sequester, the president's sequester, is a serious threat to our national security and must be replaced. so you see what's going on there. congress, speaker, want to have nothing to do with it, trying to get president obama to own the sequester when this was always going t
are expected to join in the hunt for them. the fbi is also investigating. as we said at the top of the program, american warships have begun steaming closer to libya. a marine yunlt is heading to trip loli to beef up the forces there. >> we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i have directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> well, later today after that speech on the cbs evening news, president obama also had sharp words for mitt romney, who's come under fire from democrats and some republicans for his statements lashing out at the obama administration's response to the attacks in benghazi and cairo. statements that whatever you believe about american foreign policy are simply not factual. we'll get to the battle over that in a moment. first we do want to focus on the attacks themselves, what happened last night and what is happening right now with the latest information we have. again, you're looking at
the fbi is trying to resolve is how and when they learned of the annex. glen daugherty and tyrone woods were killed there in an attack that was even better equipped and more sophisticated on the first wave. >> people on the ground have seen the fragments. the remains of the mortars and the heavy weapons that were used. >> we have made clear that there were armed assailants who used heavy weapons. >> i just don't think that people come to protest equipped with rpg's and other heavy weapons. >> president obama was first briefed about the benghazi attack about 90 minutes after it began. what has emerged since then, however, from the missed opportunities to redress the inadequate security to the deaths involved and the geopolitical ramifications of the event up to and including the shifting accounts of it put forward by the administration is the dawn of a major foreign policy scandal. one, alisyn, dave, and clayton, that will be investigated and dissected in hearings and official proceedings for years to come. back to you guys in new york. >> will it be an issue now with 45 days left before
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